Learn to Love Geometry—with Knitting Patterns
I usually think of yarn as a curvy line, and I think of knitted projects as flat pieces. When you look at a knitting pattern schematic, you see a line drawing—something two-dimensional. By contrast, I am very three-dimensional, and fortunately, knitted fabric is, too. I didn’t love geometry in high school, but I always like it when I’m knitting.
Wool Studio Vol. 6 takes geometry as its inspiration, from big flat shawls that double as voluminous wraps to sweaters with bold angles and flattering curves. You don’t need to prove any theorems, though, to enjoy every stitch of these projects.
The Orthagon Wrapper by Kephren Pritchett uses mitered corners at each end for a fresh angle. Worked in two identical halves and grafted in the center, this generously sized shawl uses increases to form the hypotenuse for two right triangles at each end. (I’m just as happy to enjoy every stitch of the Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca Sport Weight and not think about the Pythagorean Theorem, though.)
The Fourier Raglan features sine waves that travel down the front and back, using traveling knit stitches against a purl background. Just like the sine wave, which pops up in unexpected places, this cozy pullover is one you’ll wear everywhere.
One of the most fun geometric shapes to say out loud, the parallelogram features two sets of parallel lines—kind of like a rectangle that’s been pushed over. The Varignon Scarf features the simple rectangles of garter stitch that have a little bias, giving it an arrow-like point—with a bold black line that joins the two halves.
This irresistible collection includes 10 geometry-inspired, easy-to-wear knitting patterns. Which is your favorite?
Header Photo: The stepped triangles of the Coba Pullover echo the ancient pyramid shapes found throughout the world. Photo by Harper Point Photography.